Creatures That Eat Tulip Bulbs

Though we think of tulips as Dutch flowers, they originated in Turkey. But the Dutch perfected the art of growing tulips and today they export approximately 3 billion tulip bulbs each year. The U.S. is the top importer of tulip bulbs from Holland. Gardeners plant thousands of tulip bulbs each fall, trusting that spring will bring a riot of colorful blossoms. But humans aren't the only ones who enjoy tulips. Some animal pests find the bulbs an irresistible, tasty snack.


Squirrels are a prevalent pest in many yards, raiding bird feeders and fruit trees during the summer. While some squirrels will ignore tulip bulbs, others develop a taste for them and will dig up and eat as many as they can find.


Mice find mole tunnels a convenient method of travel, especially during winter months. These underground passages also provide convenient access to tulip bulbs, which the mice will utilize as a convenient winter food.


Like their rodent kin, the squirrels, chipmunks will sometimes dig up and munch on tulip bulbs.

Ground Squirrels and Gophers

These burrow-dwelling rodents are opportunistic eaters who enjoy a variety of plants. They will sometimes eat tulip bulbs.


These tiny rodents eat grain, bugs, and whatever happens to be handy--including tulip bulbs, which they seem to find particularly tasty.

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Cynthia James is the author of more than 40 novels and her nonfiction work has appeared in publications ranging from Modern Bride to Popular Mechanics. A graduate of Sam Houston State University, she has a degree in economics. Before turning to freelancing full time, James worked as a newspaper reporter, travel agent and medical clinic manager.